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928 Broadway, New York, NY, 10010
nr. 22nd St.
By barhopper on 1/11/2008
When one goes to an Italian spot, one expects Italian hospitality -they feed you, they entertain you and definitely never rush you. Well I was fed delicious food by a very sweet but confused bartender. The management rushed us to a little table in a corner by window where I felt like a window dressing. We ended up at the bar - good move. Food was delicious but the whole evening lacked friendliness and warmth. There are not very many places in Flat Iron that feel like a neighborhood joints and I was hoping for one when I decided to dine at StuzzichiniÃ‚Â’s. I will give them another chanceÃ‚Â….only because I loved the food.
Cattlecar of a Restaurant -- Dont Bother
By willyc on 1/6/2008
What could have been a great meal was not due to poor execution and service. First, the large dining area was packed and it quickly became clear that the restaurant was understaffed. Long waits to place the order, to get a round of drinks, etc. Half of our appetizers came AFTER the entrees were served. It's too bad, because most of the food was rather good (although don't go too hungry since the portions are small and no sides are provided with the entrees unless you order them at $8/each). I can't comment on dessert, since it took the waiter 25 minutes to see if we wanted any at which point we just wanted to leave.
By nydiner on 1/4/2008
Had dinner with three friends this evening (1/4/8) and manager rudely interrupted conversation, asking party to leave to make room for others. He added that a party of four was not large enough for him to allow us to stay at the table after we finished eating. Owner apologized saying that restaurant was particularly busy; that he had not anticipated the volume after the New Year. Rudeness, small tables, and average food make this a particularly poor choice!
A good idea short on execution...
By Opining on 1/4/2008
Just a so-so experience - at a price that creates expectations for something better. The decor is attractive enough - although the lighting is a bit busy and unflattering. The real issue though is that the service is still below par - we had a waiter who was gruff, slow and unaccomodating - even for simple things such as wine sampling and attentiveness. At the same time, we endured hyperactive and intrusive bussing. The food is just OK - better tapas and better Italian cuisine can be found in many other restaurants. We had panelle (bland and a little too greasy), sarde (unexceptional), rabbit (so-so), mercato verdue (dull), polpo (small even by tapas standards), cicoria (not bad) and cannoli (pretty good and authentic - best thing about the meal). All in all not a disaster but your time and money can (with ease) be spent more satisfactorily elsewhere.
Great Find / Recently Improved
By citylaw1 on 10/22/2007
I have eaten at Stuzzichini 3 times, once at the bar, and twice in the dining room. On my first two visits I loved the food, but found the service lacking. Lask week my girlfriend and I ate dinner after having drinks at the bar. I am happy to report that the service is much improved, and the bartenders were funny, friendly and welcoming. It appears as though management has replaced a lot of their original staff, and the changes are welcome. The service is very friendly and efficient, and provided by an upbeat 20'ish staff with friendly attitudes. From the greeting at the door by the host to the departure, this place is very welcoming, and, as I said previously, the food is great. It is refreshing to find a place with such variety and to pick from a reasonable wine list. It seems like the options for affordable drinks and food are dwindling in this city. I actually took the time after our meal to express my pleasure to the General Manager (which I NEVER do) and he bought me a drink at the bar before leaving. Nice touch!
Not Blown Way
By auntbug6570 on 10/16/2007
So, it was a Friday night in NYC and my bf and I were hungry. So we decided to give Bar Stuzzichini a try. We walked in and the host told us that it would be approximately a half hour wait, and we were seated 20 min. there after. We were seated at a very small cocktail like table, not enough room for the 5 small plates, the glasses, the silverware, the bread and wine bottle but whatever. Anyway, we ordered the Stuzzichini Misti the bacala was great, very flakey, the artichoke was tender, the pecorino (speaks for itself), soppersata (nice and spicy) and the olives. However it was the dinner that was not as good. The BF had the braciole which was delicious but the gravy was a little greasy, my Crispy lemon chicken was greasy and not lemony at all, the potato croquettes tasted like they were sitting in the fridge par fried and then re fried. The dessert was awesome, we split the affogato...espresso was great and the gelato was really creamy (hence, not gelato but really good ice cream). All and all our dinner was good but I was not blown away by it.
Best I've had in a while
By jcastle on 9/27/2007
Everything about this place is great! I've been to many tapas places in the city and this one tops them all. The food was amazing, the decor was perfect, and the service was more than attentive. You must get the meatballs, fried artichokes, pistachio and lemon zest pasta and short rib braciole.
Overall, not worth even trying
By brook on 9/22/2007
Four of us ate there tonight based on a favorable review and a fun concept. In reality, the service was disruptive and rushed (even though we ate at 5:45pm and the restaurant was still half empty when we left.) We asked for a different table when seated by the kitchen and bathrooms. We were only offered the one next to us or a three-top to squish at two tables away (the place is huge)... The food was mediocre, portions were small. They were hyper about bussing to a fault, wine was sloppily poured, When leaving, I mentioned being disappointed about not getting another table and the maitre'd told me I was rude. There are too many good restaurants in NYC to try this one.
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